Magazine article Business Credit

Tools for Becoming a Successful Manager

Magazine article Business Credit

Tools for Becoming a Successful Manager

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CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE NOW A MANAGER. How DID THIS happen? By the "magic fairy dust" method or the school of hard knocks? Did you learn from trial and error? Well, regardless of how, the more important issue is whether you're trained and prepared for the new, intellectual and emotional challenges that await? Too often, employees are placed into the role of manager with little or no management training and development skills. The following are ideas, tips and techniques that should help ensure a smooth transition from employee to manager.

Can you Identify your Leadership Style?

By examining the varieties of leadership styles-their advantages and weaknesses-as well as your employees and the given situation, you can decide what is the "best" leadership style for you. Adopt a style that you are comfortable with and one that will lead you to future success. There are many different leadership styles, but one trait is prevalent in every successful leader-the ability to bring people together to accomplish a task. This can be done by involving employees in decision making, encouraging two-way communication, sharing power and being flexible.

Developing employee commitment and building a resource base is very important. This may include peers, former managers and managers of your new organization. The more extensive your network, the easier it will be to handle the new challenges that will undoubtedly accompany your efforts-time management, delegation, communication and motivation.

Are you in Charge of a Motivated Workplace?

If you take the time to focus on your employees and their environment, you will create and sustain a cohesive, enthusiastic team which produces at or above the level expected by top management. To build a solid and productive workforce, you should take the employees you have and train them to be highly competent.

A good job of training and coaching is the most practical way to have successful and productive employees. If you keep your employees' interests, priorities and goals in mind when you organize tasks, you will achieve your intended goals and also build a stronger team.

Do you Set Achievable Goals?

Goal setting gives direction to the work of an individual employee as well as to a department and organization by providing a stimulus for articulating what the individual wants to achieve and what the organization expects from the individual. The purpose is to get people to discuss activities and action rather than personality characteristics.

Secondly, you should gear management and employees toward planning for the future. This process allows an organization to check on the attainment of both its short-term and long-term objectives.

In addition to planning, managers need to make sure that they are communicating clearly with their employees. Successful communication is a complex and difficult process.

A broad development of awareness, understanding and hard won new habits is required in order to gradually improve your skills of effective communication. A good communicator exchanges ideas, feelings and values; uses appropriate language, tone, pitch and volume; gives relevant information; uses non-verbal signals to emphasize and support messages; solicits feedback and conveys understanding. Effective communication means getting through to another person in a way that they understand. The end result is to get things done with minimal problems so that the manager, the organization and the employee will be satisfied. …

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